About L.V. Harkness


Lamon Vanderburg Harkness had a passion for the finest things in life: silver, crystal, boats, horses. In 1869, at 19 years of age and with a $500 stake from his father, L.V. began his career in land and cattle. He would later become a large shareholder in the Standard Oil Company, a venture co-founded by his father. In 1891, pursuing a life passion-horses-L.V. purchased Walnut Hall Stock Farm near Lexington, Kentucky. His keen eye and uncompromising tastes transformed Walnut Hall into the foremost standardbred breeding and racing establishment in the world.

While working to improve the standardbred breed, L.V. was also involved with sailing around the world on his yacht Wakiva searching for and acquiring fine objects to adorn his homes.

Today his great-grandaughter, Meg Jewett-Leavitt, shares his love of standardbreds, objets d'art, and his spirit of adventure. Like her progenitor, Meg enjoys traveling the globe seeking the unusual "wants" and unique "must haves" that add so much spice to life. It is with great family pride that she shares these treasures through L.V. Harkness & Co. Our hallmark is quality.

It is our hope that through our catalogues and website you find the finest quality furnishings for your home. If you have questions about our company, its offerings and services, please contact us.